A Hockey Birthday

This year we celebrated Snuggles' 8th birthday with a Hockey themed party. He had been talking about wanting this party theme ever since he started playing hockey last fall with his older brothers, but of course I ended up not making any plans until the very last minute other than ordering a few birthday gifts and pulling out our copy of Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet

I knew I wanted to try and come up with a few new ideas, different from the last Hockey birthday party we had for Ranger's (previously Rascal) 8th Birthday.  All our boys have different favorite NHL teams - Captain loves the Penguins, Ranger the Capitals, and Snuggles' favorite team is the LA Kings so we focused on incorporating Silver and Black for our party decorations.  

After a trip to the craft store and a couple internet searches on Saturday morning (the day before his birthday!) along with lots of help from my husband and older children, it all came together! 

He was so excited when he woke up to discover his Hockey Jersey Birthday Cake, the Face-off Puck Cakes, the Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones, and all the other treats and decorations we made for his special day.

Ranger made sure that the Capitals were still represented! 

Snuggles' birthday happened to fall on Father's Day this year! Some of my siblings happened to be in town for the weekend so we packed up all the party food and headed out to my parents home for a double celebration. It was such a fun day! 

.: Party Food and Decorations :. 

Sports Drinks with homemade Hockey and LA Kings Labels


Ranger whipped up a quick Lego Hockey Rink...

... and this awesome little LA Kings Zamboni! 

NHL Hockey Puck Party Favors - made with Ding Dongs, a little melted chocolate to secure the lollipop sticks, and a white candy decorating pen

Along with "Concession Stand" Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, potato salad, and watermelon, my mom made sure there was an amazing salad filled with AIP approved veggies that I could eat. 
Thank you, Mom! 

Flying Pucks (Cookies & Cream) Ice Cream 

.: Party Games :. 

I had a couple games to play including NHL Spot it! and the NHL Bingo I created 7 years ago for one of our older boys' 8th birthday, but the biggest attraction at Grandma and Grandpa's house is always getting rides on the golf cart or Grandpa's quad.

.: Birthday Cake :.

.: Birthday Gifts :.

His birthday gifts included some little gifts from his siblings (I especially loved watching him open the bag of coins from his little sister. She was so excited to give them to him! And of course all the thank you hugs!), a water gun from Grandpa and Grandma, a fun airplane card and gift from his other grandparents, lots of little toys from Uncle Brian and Aunt Megan including this fun Air Hogs Rip Force Glider, a few lego sets, a LA Kings Goalie Minifigure, and a personalized Hockey backpack!

Happy 8th Birthday, Snuggles!

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones

I'm finally back with one last treat we made for Snuggles 8th birthday! While Twinkle Toes and Ranger baked and decorated the "Face-Off" cupcakes, Captain helped create these Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones inspired by these Stanley Cone Treats from Today's Parent.  They turned out great and were a perfect addition to our Hockey themed birthday party! 

"One of the benefits of helping mom with birthday prep = mini ice cream cones made from some of the leftovers."
- Captain 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones



Using a serrated knife, carefully cut off the rounded “cup” area from the Keebler Ice Cream Cup and put aside. We also trimmed the edge of one of the Joy Ice Cream Cups so that the edge would be flat/straight when stacked on top of the bottom Ice Cream Cup.

I wasn't able to find a round cookie the size we needed for the bottom so we filled the center of Keebler Fudge Stripes with a brown M&M and secured it with some melted white chocolate for the base of the Stanley Cups.

Next, put melted chocolate in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. (We used a plastic bag with the corned clipped off.)  The original directions suggested piping "melted chocolate on the base of the ice cream cup and slide it inside the second ice cream cup, stacking and sealing them together."  We skipped this step so that they could be taken apart during the party and used for Ice Cream, saving the treat side for later.

Pipe a ring of chocolate on the top of the Stanley Cup and attach the ice cream cone “bowl” cut earlier on top.

Before filling the bottom cups with treats (M&M's) and attaching the base (cookie) we temporarily put the cones together and spray painted them silver with Silver Color Mist. This wasn't the most cost-effective thing to do, and we ended up needing a second can (purchased with 60% off coupons at least) to cover the cones that we made.

After the silver spray has dried, fill the bottom cup (the ice cream cup that wasn't trimmed or cut at all) with candy, then pipe chocolate around the edges of the opening and place the cookie over the opening to seal. Stand the ice cream cups cookie-side down.

Re-assemble cones, set on tray, and let color and chocolate dry overnight in a cool, dry place.​

Serve with "Flying Pucks" (aka Cookies and Cream) Ice Cream topped with a York Minis. 

Celebrating the Birthday of St. John the Baptist

Grasshopper Parfaits to celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist!

Honey Sweetened Grasshopper Bars made with Avocado and Coconut! After nearly 4 months (113 days to be exact) on an incredibly strict Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet I finally added something back in... a little cocoa powder to make the chocolate layer for these treats... to celebrate today's solemnity! I'm praying that it doesn't end up being one of my triggers, but so far so good!

The Birthday of Saint John the Baptist from SAINTS: A Year in Faith and Art

I posted the recipe over at Catholic Cuisine. You can find it here: Honey Sweetened Grasshopper Bars

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life with Like Mother, Like Daughter. ~

 O glorious Saint John the Baptist, greatest prophet among those born of woman, although thou wast sanctified in thy mother's womb and didst lead a most innocent life, nevertheless it was thy will to retire into the wilderness, there to devote thyself to the practice of austerity and penance; obtain for us of thy Lord the grace to be wholly detached, at least in our hearts, from earthly goods, and to practice Christian mortification with interior recollection and with the spirit of holy prayer.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us! 

Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Face-Off Puck Cakes {Hockey Themed Cupcakes}

While I was decorating the Hockey Jersey Birthday Cake, some of our older children were busy with other birthday preparations... Twinkle Toes baked "Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Cupcakes" and Ranger carefully created the "Face-Off" inspired decorations to place on top of the cupcakes! (Captain was working on another fun treat which I'll share next.) It's was so nice having help!!!

Our original inspiration for our "Face-Off Puck Cakes" came from these Hockey Themed Cupcakes, but Ranger made some modifications. He did a great job and I really loved how they turned out! 

Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Face-Off Puck Cakes

  • Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Marshmallow Frosting
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Black Candy Melts, melted
  • M&M's (Dark Brown works if you can't find Black)
  • Plastic Bag (with corner cut off)


Bake and frost cupcakes. We choose to serve "Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Cupcakes" simply and quickly made with a Dark Chocolate Cake Mix and Vanilla Marshmallow Fluffy Frost.  

Create the Hockey Sticks by breaking off one end to make the desired length and then placing the pretzel (broken end) in a drop of black candy melt (squeezed from the plastic bag onto wax paper) and then adding some additional melted black candy to create the blade. Let dry. 

Place two pretzel "hockey sticks" (criss-crossed with the flat side of the stick facing up) on top of the cupcake. Add an M&M "puck" in between the two sticks. All done!